How many Plastics Blog readers are familiar with Neil Armstrong's close connection to the plastics industry? With this weekend's passing of the space pioneer, Plastics News senior reporter Bill Bregar shared this recollection of meeting Armstrong at a Milacron Inc. shareholders meeting in the 1990s: "I read with interest [over the past few days] comments that Neil Armstrong was a 'private person' and 'humble' -- those types of descriptions. I got the chance to shake his hand at a Millacron shareholders meeting. "Bob Strickley from Milacron asked me, 'Would you like to meet Mr. Armstrong?' Of course I did! "I immediately flashed back to my 8-year-old self in Kirtland, Ohio, staying up to watch the moon landing on a black-and-white TV. It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime events, the kind where anticipation and excitement race through you. "Afterwards, our family went outside to look at the moon. I remember just thinking, 'Imagine, there are people up there right now.' I'm sure countless people around the world looked at the moon differently, too. "Later, it was big news when the Kirtland library hosted a traveling display of moon rocks! "... Snapping back to the shareholders meeting in Cincinnati, the Milacron person leaned over and said to me in a low voice: 'Just don't say anything about the moon landing.' I had already heard that Armstrong didn't like to discuss it, so I just went up and shook his hand and mumbled something about how it was an honor to meet him. "Off the top of my head, I can't remember any of Milacron's news from that shareholders meeting, or what model of machine they were rolling out. I don't even recall exactly what year it was. But I certainly remember shaking hands with Neil Armstrong." Armstrong, who died Aug. 25 at age 82, served on Milacron's board for 20 years, retiring in 2000.
Neil Armstrong's plastics connection
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